See more remote resources for connecting from home.

Communicate and collaborate

  • Instant message with colleagues: Use Slack at U-M or Google Chat to send messages to individuals, send group messages, and engage in team-based collaboration with rooms across the entire university community and externally.
  • Meet face-to-face online: Choose from Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet to continue to meet with colleagues remotely. See hybrid meeting tips and best practices for videoconferencing, regardless of the service you use.
  • University phones:
    • Access your university voicemail inbox from any phone, including your mobile device.
    • Do not forward your university phone to a personal or home telephone number. This feature is reserved for critical operations. Instead, keep your MCommunity profile updated with your preferred contact methods.
  • General tips for collaborating and communicating remotely:
    • Gather cell or home phone numbers for key team members.
    • Most smartphones are able to have a conference call with 3 to 5 parties.
    • Conduct test meetings and/or other activities if you anticipate the need to meet remotely.

Access Online Resources

  • Using your university computer: MiWorkspace and most unit-supported laptops are equipped to work from off-campus locations. You may need to enable VPN to access protected resources.

    Learn more about using MiWorkspace computers remotely. If your computer is managed by your unit, please check with your IT support team for more information.

  • Connect to network drives: Access files saved to your unit’s shared network drives from your personal or university device.

    See instructions for mapping network drives for Windows and Mac computers.

  • General tips for accessing online resources:
    • Bookmark Wolverine Access to access and personalize shortcuts to U-M online tools and websites.
    • Back up your university computer using Desktop Backup to protect your data from loss and provide another option to access files remotely.
    • Use the Ask A Librarian service to seek assistance with library and research-related questions from U-M Library reference staff.
    • Reference the Campus Maize & Blueprint website for additional resources for the workplace.


If you have feedback or suggestions for this guide, please let us know. For other questions or to get help with the services in this guide, please contact the ITS Service Center.